Okay, I desparately need help. Im completely and utterly at my wits end. Heres how it began. I used to have 6 hens - (2 rir, 2 wyandottes, 1 australorp, 1 BSL) and one Marans rooster. I had bought 8 babies - (1 sussex, 1 brahma, 1 langshan, 1 faverolle, 2 EEs, 2 cochins). Heres how I began to integrate them; -Got rid of roo, no matter how good he was. I was afraid he would be aggressive/kill the babies. -When the babies turned 3 months old, I took them to visit the hens. Through wire, always supervised. -When the babies turned 4 moths, I put them in the hen house with the big birds. -Came out to find 2 of my babies had been attacked (brahma and EE #2), one with no rump/back feathers left (EE) and one with quite a few pulled out (Brahma). Didnt witness the attack. -Took care of those babes. Built a "brooder box" so the babies would be safe in the night and morning when i wasnt there. -Set up a schedual; Go to the hen house, shut the door to our 8x32 run (leaving the hens outside). Take babies out of the brooder; they get the house to theirselves. Let big girls free-range when i get home (3:00 or so). They get to until roost time. Put babies in "brooder" before they come in. Repeat day after day. -I thought everything was swell. Let both groups interact without supervision, day & night. -Come out to find my brahma baby (who had been sick as a chick, attacked once) had been badly attacked. She died that night. Did not witness the attack. -Went back to schedual. Also got rid of 2 RIR, and one wyandotte who i believed to be the instagators of the attack on my precious Ming (brahma) and the aggression. -Left it again after visits between big girls and babies. Thought everything would be alright. -Came out one moring to find one Easter Egger #1 dead (not the same one who was attacked earlier), who they had pretty much eaten one of the thighs down tho the bone... They had chased her and the Langshan into the run (thats were I found the body and the langshan). I did not witness the attack. -Got rid of the BSL who i thought could be the only one left to instigate. Also got rid of one Cochin chick. -Had more visits. They give the usual "im dominant im gonna peck you on the head", but also CHASE them just to peck them. -I, of course, either kick them, hit them, ect when they chase the babies. I usually hold them on their back and make the babies walk over top of them, or I pretend to "peck" them on the back of the head with my hand. -Continued the schedual, but with MUCH more visiting time. Things stayed the same. -Bought three hens at a auction today. 3 Easter eggers. They seem to be fairly young, about the same age as some of my older hens. I'd guess 7months-1year. The big girls treated them comletely different; they roosted together tonight. There were some fights for dominance, but no chasing and general foolishness of the such. -The new hens got introduced to the babies first. A few displays of dominance, and then they were complete friends! No chasing, no BS, just them being new chicken friends. They didnt single out anyone or anything. They even were eating, drinking, ect together. Perfect friends. Left them ALONE several times. No one had been attacked/feathers missing. (I used to have bad management skills. Now i do whatever i can to make sure nobody is bored. Everybody has food & water at all times > didnt use to have a feeder in run for big girls. They get to free-range (babies do for about an hour).) Now, why wont my older hens accept my 6 month old pullets, but they will accept these BRAND NEW hens/pullets that I just bought TODAY?!!?! Im completely at my wits end. PLEASE tell me what I've done wrong, PLEASE tell me what I can do so my babies can be happy! ps-Sorry for the long post.